Whether you have relocated to Lake Nona for a job, wanted to live conveniently near the international airport in a master-planned community, or you are interested in the Lake Nona lifestyle, thousands of residents have moved to the Lake Nona community for a multitude of reasons. Lake Nona offers its residents a variety of entertainment options, education from Pre-K through graduate studies, all with health and wellbeing intertwined.
The Lake Nona Life Project is part of that fabric. Let’s hear from one of the families that lives in Laureate Park and has become a Life Project “Champ.”
Meet the Duerr Family – Matt, Karen, and Ginny
“My wife, Karen, and I just celebrated our 10-year anniversary and are so proud of our amazing 8-year-old daughter, Virginia, for making Principal’s Honor Roll last year in 2nd grade. We have a friendly and fluffy, 1½-year-old labradoodle named Charm that loves to be taken for a long run alongside our bikes. We love to travel and have been skiing in Vermont, traveled to Barbados, and been on a cruise all in the last year and looking forward to the next adventure.”
Why did you want to get involved in the Lake Nona Life Project?
“Living a healthy life is important to me and my family. My wife, Karen, and I also want to be great examples for our daughter, Virginia, and encourage her to live a healthy lifestyle now and throughout the rest of her life.”
What do you want to learn from the Life Project?
“I would like to learn about tips and tricks about how I could modify my lifestyle to live a healthier and happier life.”
Why do you think it is important for the community to get involved?
“We have met so many friends over the 5½ years since we moved into Laureate Park, and we have met so many friends through being active in the community from the bike trails to the community gardens and playgrounds to Run Nona 5K. Getting involved in the Life Project allows you to not only help shape your future around a healthier model but also allows you to meet like-minded people in the area.”
You chose to live in Lake Nona. What made this community so appealing to you?
“Lake Nona and particularly Laureate Park was such a grand idea when originally presented many years ago and, to be honest, seemed like a risky one to us at the time. However, after reviewing with my wife, we knew this would be a risk worth taking as we would be around other ‘trailblazers’ looking to take part in this great experience in Lake Nona.”
How long have you lived in Lake Nona?
“In total, 11 years in the Lake Nona area, with the last 5½ in Laureate Park.”
You might be asking yourself, what is a Champ? A Life Project Champ is someone who embraces the mission of the Life Project and would like to spread the word throughout the community and encourage others to participate. Champs gain exclusive access to several Lake Nona-sponsored events and receive other perks throughout the year. If you are interested in becoming a Champ, email firstname.lastname@example.org and simply say, “I want to be a Champ.”
The survey will be going live in September, and you will be receiving more information from us. In the meantime, if you have more questions, please visit www.liveworkparticipate.com, watch the video at https://vimeo.com/309495422, or email questions to info@LakeNonaInstitute.org.
Join Matt, Karen and Ginny along with your other Lake Nona neighbors to help make history though this unique community health survey.